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The Birth of a Nation (2016)

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Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, orchestrates an uprising.


Nate Parker


Nate Parker (screenplay by), Nate Parker (story by) | 1 more credit »
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4 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Nate Parker ... Nat Turner
Armie Hammer ... Samuel Turner
Penelope Ann Miller ... Elizabeth Turner
Jackie Earle Haley ... Raymond Cobb
Mark Boone Junior ... Reverend Walthall (as Mark Boone Jr.)
Colman Domingo ... Hark
Aunjanue Ellis ... Nancy
Dwight Henry ... Isaac Turner
Aja Naomi King ... Cherry
Esther Scott ... Bridget
Roger Guenveur Smith ... Isaiah
Gabrielle Union ... Esther
Tony Espinosa ... Young Nat Turner
Jayson Warner Smith ... Earl Fowler
Jason Stuart ... Joseph Randall


Set against the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat's preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities - against himself and his fellow slaves - Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Based on a true story about the quest for freedom. See more »


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Release Date:

7 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El nacimiento de una nación See more »

Filming Locations:

Savannah, Georgia, USA


Box Office


$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,625,000, 7 October 2016

Gross USA:

$15,858,754, 2 December 2016
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nate Parker invested $100,000 of his own money into the film. See more »


Nat quotes says he is quoting from Peter 2:18, the correct book of the bible that he quotes from is 1 Peter 2:18. See more »


Nat Turner: Rebel!
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Performed by Nina Simone
Written by Lewis Allan
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group license from Universal Music Enterprises
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd. under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Published by Music Sales Corporation
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An enthralling directorial debut
12 February 2016 | by dalenteSee all my reviews

Nate parker writes, produces, acts, and directs this landmark in American history. The story of Nat Turner is one that is relatively uncharted territory in the realm of cinema, with that being said, Nate Parker does a great job of of telling the story, albeit a little shortsighted as to the backlash that transpired afterwards.

Also, I don't know what this other critic user is talking about in regards to calling this movie, "racist crap" and giving it a 1 out of 10. The movie tells the story of a rebellious slave who does whatever he needs to, to achieve freedom from the oppressive south. With that being said, his story simply tells the truth of our nations racial relations at this time. In this particular context, Blacks and whites surely were not singing kumbaya, our relationship was highly one-sided, volatile, and largely disturbing. So, to anyone who is not prepared to see a small glimpse of historical truth in regards to our nations past, do not see this movie. You'll just end up like this other user, offended because this movie doesn't depict white people as saviors, heroes, etc, like most movies...it depicts a more sinister side that too often goes untold, unseen, and therefore, unnoticed.

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